2021 BBNYA Spotlight: It Happened in Silence by Karla M Jay (@BBNYA_Official @foliosociety)

Hi Blisses,

I’m here for another spotlight post. ๐Ÿ™‚ The 2021 Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award is celebrating the 65 books that made it to the second round with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. This is such an amazing way to promote this year’s semi-finalists. And today, I’m featuring a book by Karla M. Jay called It Happened in Silence.

But before I tell you more about the book, let me first give you some information about this competition. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner. 

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website:ย https://www.bbnya.com/ย or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.


TITLE: It Happened in Silence
BY: Karla M. Jay
GENRES: Historical Fiction
LENGTH: 364 Pages
PUBLICATION: 29th October 2020 by Book Circle Press


2021 IPA Distinguished Favorite Award
2021 Winner Benjamin Franklin Award Silver
2020 Book Excellence Award Finalist
2020 Wishing Shelf Historical Fiction Finalist

It Happened in Silence follows fifteen-year-old Willow Stewart, who has been mute since birth. She has one task to complete-to leave her Appalachian homestead and find a traveling preacher and her brother, Briar. When a peddler kidnaps her, she escapes only to face an unjust arrest and penal servitude. It’s Georgia 1921. The laws are not on her side. Or her brother’s.

Briar is serving time on a chain gang with four months left. When an immigrant boy asks him for help, Briar must decide if he should jeopardize his freedom to help the penniless boy.

Soon Willow and Briar become ensnared in a world of cruel secrets, savage truths, deceitful practices, and desperate predicaments. This is a powerful tale of family, a celebration of decency, and the heartbreak of society’s injustices then that rings true today.

Set in a world where women of the KKK betray their neighbors, horrors of unscrupulous foundling homes come to light, and buried mysteries are not all that hidden.

This novel delves into the gut and sinew of fairness, probing often inexplicable questions, as old and persistent as the forest itself.




Karla M. Jay is an award-winning historical fiction author. She loves to travel, garden, and to discover a story that has never been told.

LINKS: Goodreads || Website || Twitter

Don’t forget to check out this book and add it to your TBR lists. ๐Ÿ™‚

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